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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Nov 20, 2011 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's the longest break you've taken from the Grateful Dead?

Well, despite all the responses below, I'll answer this straight up.

Hindsight is 20-20. (obvious) Being of older age is not superior, not better - just different in that it affords you the rear view mirror as well. When I was roughly your age, I left the GD behind... the change in sound was enough (77-78), let alone the fact that I was newly married and living paycheck to paycheck. Life intervenes... sometimes you can afford to pursue your hobbies, other times your energy is invested elsewhere, like working a 60 hr week. I bought a couple of the newer albums (Go To Hell, etc) but was singularly unimpressed. My "hiatus" was from roughly 1980 to 2008 when I discovered GD podcasts and the Archive. And so it was I discovered what I had truly missed - I was around for the glory years (early 70s) but I wasn't yet into the GD at that time.

Consider yourself lucky to be attuned, and able to pursue your passion. Hope that doesn't come off as patronizing from this older head. Perspective has rewards.

Someone just turned me on to Bela Fleck - I was totally floored. Yeah I know, they've been around 20 years. All the tons of great music out there... life is short.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 20, 2011 6:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What's the longest break you've taken from the Grateful Dead?

That's what's great about the music biz these days with access being what it is, ya know? I find myself, when bored with CREAM & the DEAD, exploring others from decades past that I missed at the time.